EPA

February 8, 2018

New EPA Enforcement Guidance – “No Surprises” Approach with States

EPA’s Chief Enforcement Officer, Susan Bodine, has issued guidance on EPA and state coordination with a focus on cooperative federalism.  Interim OECA Guidance on Enhancing Regional-State Planning and Communication on Compliance Assurance Work in Authorized States, Jan. 22, 2018. Among other things, the guidance requires EPA Regional Offices to develop procedures to better communicate and […]
December 12, 2017

Former Volkswagen Manager Receives 7 Years Jail Time in Diesel Emissions Cheating Scandal

Last week’s sentencing of former VW manager Oliver Schmidt to seven years in prison sends a clear message to those engaged in misconduct in the automotive sector: DOJ, EPA, and the Federal Judiciary are taking a hard line on criminal conduct.  Expect continued scrutiny in the emissions space across entire auto sector. Eric Lawrence of the Detroit […]
December 10, 2017

EEI and EHS2 Host Roundtable Discussion on Compliance and Enforcement in Trump Administration

This past week, the Edison Electric Institute and EHS2 welcomed Larry Starfield, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Enforcement, and Jeff Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General for DOJ’s Environment and Natural Resources Division to discuss priorities for the environment in the Trump Administration.  Discussions focused on new themes and Administration priorities including: Back to […]
September 30, 2017

States Champion Cooperative Federalism as New Environmental Paradigm

Many believe that the best way to maximize the protection of human health and the environment in a time of constrained resources is to elevate State and local agencies to full partners with their federal overseers. Taking full advantage of the expertise developed by such agencies over the forty-plus years since major air, water and […]
September 27, 2017

Congress Thoughtfully Considers Improvements to Nation's Water Infrastructure

This week, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing to discuss solutions to our nation’s aging water infrastructure, with a focus on wastewater and Clean Water Act provisions.   It was a productive and bipartisan hearing with deliberations on the need for more public and private investment, encouraging greater […]
July 6, 2017

Trump EPA Favors Corn Farmers in Proposed Biofuels Quotas

This latest decision from the EPA on renewable fuel targets may have been designed to “split the difference” but is sure to leave many elements in the business unhappy.  At the same time, the agency is still  weighing a change in the point of obligation (i.e. who is ultimately responsible for purchasing the 15 billion plus gallons […]
June 28, 2017

EPA Introduces the Trump Political Team

EPA’s leadership this week introduced the Trump political team in an email from Chief of Staff, Ryan Jackson. *** From: Message from the Chief of Staff Sent: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 12:07 PM To: Message from the Chief of Staff <messagefromthechiefofstaff@epa.gov> Subject: Introducing EPA Political Appointees Dear Colleagues, Last weekend marked the 120th day since […]
June 14, 2017

Federal Funding Options for Clean Water

We’re linking below two helpful EPA resources for those who have questions about eligibility for federal Clean Water State Revolving Funds or may be looking to upgrade a wastewater treatment plant or finance innovative nonpoint source pollution projects. These recent EPA guidance documents provide details on a host of financing options, including SRF direct loans, […]
May 8, 2017

GAO Issues New Report on Drinking Water SRF

Here is a link to the new report.  CRS DWSRF Report 5-3-2017. Summary The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is the federal authority for regulating contaminants in public water supplies. It includes the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program, established in 1996 to help public water systems finance infrastructure projects needed to comply with […]
April 18, 2017

Regulatory Reform at U.S. EPA Under Way

EPA has made some moves on the Regulatory Reform Effort. On February 24th the President issued an Executive Order (EO 13777) requiring a report by mid-May from each Government department or agency proposing the roll back of unduly burdensome federal regulations. This EO operates in concert with EO 13771 (February 3, 2017) which directs all agencies […]